Kammron Taylor's runner in the lane with 31 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner. With the victory, Wisconsin improves to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, while Michigan State falls to 10-3 and 2-1.
Paul Davis scored 20 points to lead the Spartans, who used a 9-0 run of their own to set up their 59-51 lead. . . . From there, Wisconsin took over.
For the first time all season, the Spartans failed to have multiple players score in double figures. After Davis' 20, Michigan State was led with 8 points apiece from Alan Anderson, Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert. Reserve Forward Matt Trannon led the Spartans in rebounding with 8, while Alan Anderson and Paul Davis had 6, and 5 rebounds, respectively.
Michigan State, who shot .464 (13-28) from the field, .500 from 3-point range (4-8), and went 2-2 from the free throw line in the first half, had much more trouble finding the bucket in the second half; shooting .379 (11-29) overall, .111 (1-9) from downtown, and .444 (4-9) from the charity stripe.
Clayton Hanson scored 15 points and Sharif Chambliss added 14 to help Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan improve to 6-0 against Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. Mike Wilkinson added 12 for the Badgers, including four in the closing run.
For the visiting Spartans, the game's final 2:59 provided a grocery list's worth of missed opportunities.
Wisconsin started its two-minute rally with a three-pointer by Sharif Chambliss with 1:57 to go. After Chris Hill missed the front end of a one-and-one from the free throw line, Badger Mike Wilkinson hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 59-56.
Both teams failed to score on their next possession before Paul Davis was fouled and sent to the line. However, he also missed on the front end of the bonus and Wilkinson hit two more from the charity stripe to get within one with 1:14 remaining. On the Spartans' next offensive possession Wilkinson blocked a shot by Davis, setting up Taylor's give-and-go hoop that capped the rally.
Alan Anderson had a chance to reclaim the lead for Michigan State, but his runner down the lane with 11 seconds left was off the mark and the Badger's Zach Morley rebounded and was fouled. Morley knocked down two from the line to put Wisconsin up three. The Spartans' last gasp, a three-pointer by Shannon Brown with two seconds remaining, spun out, giving the Badgers the dramatic win.
The teams battled back and forth throughout the majority of the first half until the Spartans used a 10-2 run late in the period to turn a one-point deficit into a 32-25 lead. Clayton Hanson's third three-pointer of the opening half with 45 seconds remaining helped Wisconsin trim the Spartan lead to 32-28 at the break.
Michigan State limited the Badgers to 11-of-30 shooting from the field (36.7 percent) in the opening half. However, Wisconsin rallied back to tie the game at 42-42, before the Spartans scored six unanswered to take a 48-42 lead. The Badgers would answer back with a three-pointer by Chambliss and two more by Hanson to help Wisconsin go on a 9-2 run to surge ahead 51-50 with 8:30 remaining.
Wisconsin went cold again from that point until their final rally, missing five-straight shots and committing a pair of turnovers as Michigan State went on a 9-0 run over the next 6:33 to take the 59-51 lead.
FAST FACTS: Wisconsin is 26-0 in Big Ten home games under Ryan, and hasn't lost at Kohl Center since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest knocked them off, 90-80. The Badgers haven't lost to Michigan State since Feb. 27, 2001, when the Spartans won 51-47 at the Kohl Center. Four of the games during the Badgers' six-game winning streak over the Spartans have been decided by four points or less.